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Notes From the Garden: Planting Shrubs for Fall Color

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Some years ago, in a moment of enlightenment, the New Hampshire Legislature outlawed the propagation, transport and sale of three popular landscape plants: burning bush, barberry and Norway maple. All three had been proven to be invasive, seeding into the woods and crowding out native plants. Both Massachusetts and Connecticut have banned them, too, but so far Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island have not. I agree with the ban. All …

Quechee Man Resurrects an Orchard

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Terry Dorman stands in his orchard at the top of a steep, south-facing hillside in Quechee. The morning’s showers have tapered off and the mountains to the south look azure in the patchy afternoon sunlight as the rain clouds retreat. He points to a McIntosh tree, heavy with fruit. “Nineteen years ago you …

Notes From the Garden: Fall Is the Right Time for Planting Trees

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall is hard upon us in Cornish Flat. I know I should “toughen up” and ignore the cold, but I admit it here: I had my first fire in the woodstove recently. It felt great on a raw, rainy night. “Real” New Englanders never admit to turning on the heat or starting a …

Lessons From an Asparagus Patch, and Weed Strategies, Too

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

On a recent cold, gray Sunday I was looking for a project to do in my garden. I decided to clean up my asparagus bed and get rid of last summer’s dead stalks and those sneaky weeds that …

Go Wall-to-Wall on Carpet Terminology

Sunday, May 4, 2014

If professional cleaning can’t revive your carpet, it’s probably time to replace it. Manufacturers say carpet should last about 10 years. With regular vacuuming, prompt attention to spills and periodic cleaning, it could last longer. But sooner or later, carpet must be replaced. Before you visit showrooms or …

Time for Tomatoes: I Just Couldn’t Wait to Start My Seedlings

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This year I started my tomatoes indoors much earlier than I usually do. Normally I start them on April 10 at 10:14 a.m. Only kidding. Most years I start them during the second week of April. That way …

Cheerful Pussy Willows Chase Away the Mud Season Blues

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In general, I don’t sing. I can’t carry a tune, and words to even the simplest of songs seem to disappear from my brain in about 20 minutes. Always have. So it was a surprise to me when, walking by a clump of pussy willows, I remembered a …

Welcome Spring, Welcome Bulbs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I’ve been paying attention to snowdrops and crocus since I was 9 years old — I recently found entries in my diary that tell me so. My entry for March 7, 1956, in its entirety was this: “Spring is getting here at last the snow drops are in …

Early Spring Chores

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring finally seems to be coming to Cornish Flat — about a month late this year. My snowdrops are just starting to bloom and large patches of snow are still on the lawn and garden, though there are bare spots. I really want to get outside and start …

Foggy Windows Can Be Cleared

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Akron, Ohio — Marie Poling thought she was looking at an expense of thousands of dollars to replace all the windows on her Northfield Center Township, Ohio, house. The insulated glass in the home’s bay window had gotten foggy, and she figured her only option was new windows. …

Spring Pruning: It’s Not Too Late, and the Trees Will Benefit

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Conventional wisdom has it that fruit trees should be pruned in March, but don’t worry if you haven’t started yet. I haven’t. There is no harm in pruning in April, or anytime, really. After the buds on fruit trees open, they are more prone to being knocked off …

Interior Painting: Picking Best Color And Right Finish

Sunday, March 30, 2014

In the spring, many a homeowner’s fancy turns to thoughts of fresh paint, because what else renews a room as quickly? That doesn’t mean interior painting is a breeze. There are defined steps to a quality job, and they start with picking the right color and paint finish. …

A Winter Meal From the Garden, Even in March For March

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Technically, spring arrived on March 20. Most years I have snowdrops blooming on a south-facing hillside by early March, and some Glory-of-the-Snow in blossom by now. Not this year. Snow is still deep on my property, and nights …